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3 babies less than 100 dead off Libya because Europe welcomes a new deal



The lifeless bodies of three babies dressed in colorful clothes and looking as if they were asleep were carried ashore on Friday in Libya.

In the outstretched arms of three men near the water's edge, one of the babies still wore sneakers that were closed with pink velcro straps, another with red socks that matched a red and white polka-dot trousers, and the third barefoot, partial makeshift enveloped.

They were the youngest victims of the refugee crisis, their young lives lost as a rubber boat with desperate migrants seeking a better life off the coast of North Africa. One hundred or more people are dead, said a spokesman for the UN Migration Board, the International Organization for Migration, in a tweet .
The news came just hours after the leaders of the European Union welcomed a new agreement on migration that could stop more migrants from crossing the Mediterranean – if it can work.

Hundreds of people have already lost their lives this year, the IOM is trying the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

  A man carries the body of one of the three babies.
  Survivors come ashore Two men hold the body of one of the three babies.
Meanwhile, EU leaders have quarreled over taking responsibility for migrants rescued at sea and vowed to strengthen Europe's external borders.

Only 14 migrants were rescued after the boat capsized on Friday, IOM said, as the bailout continued.

"The bodies of three children under the age of five have been found, but we do not know yet how many are dead or dead," IOM spokeswoman for Libya Christine Petre told CNN.

Doctors are on-site medical assistance was provided, and additional staff was deployed, Petre said. "IOM provides humanitarian direct assistance at the disembarkation site, including water and food," she said.

Separately, 345 migrants were sent back to the Libyan coast by the Libyan Coast Guard on Friday, IOM said.

Nearby 10,200 migrants have already been returned to Libya in 2018, Petre said. More than 2,000 were returned last week by the Libyan Coast Guard.

EU Renewal Obligations

The Médecins Sans Frontières (Médecins Sans Frontières) organization called on EU leaders on Friday to "show some decency" and rescue operations for those in distress – and then take them to a place of safety instead of Libya.

"EU Member States are foregoing their responsibility to save lives and intentionally arrest vulnerable people in Libya, or to die at sea," said Karline Kleijer, head of Emergency Group Emergencies.

"They are aware of the extreme violence and ill-treatment of refugees and migrants in Libya."

  Migrants who survived the sinking of a dinghy off the coast of Libya are landed east of the capital, Tripoli, on Friday
  Migrants who survived the downfall climb the rocky coast of Al - Hmidiya, east of the capital Tripoli
Libyan deportation centers are inundated, according to human rights groups and CNN undercover investigations in the past year revealed cases of migrants sold on slave auctions.
Italy's new populist government has sparked controversy this month by closing its ports to ships that rescue migrants from the Mediterranean.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Pe Conte welcomed the agreement of the European Council on Friday and said that "long negotiations have taken place but from today Italy is no longer alone".

Crossover

Under the agreement agreed by the European Council in Brussels on Friday The European Union will examine the establishment of migration centers in countries outside Europe in order to assess the protection of migrants and secure centers on European soil.

The proposed "regional disembarkation platforms" would be in North African countries like Libya with the goal of breaking the business model of traffickers who bring migrants across the sea to Europe. However, it is not yet clear whether these countries are capable or willing to operate such a system.

EU leaders also agreed to step up efforts to prevent smugglers from Libya or elsewhere, including increased support from Libya's Coast Guard and the Sahel region, by many sub-Saharan African migrants travel the way north.

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The agreement also includes more money for Spain and Morocco to drive back migrants coming via the eastern Mediterranean route

Despite the dangers, thousands of migrants risk it – many flee from conflict, poverty or oppression – their lives on crowded and barely seaworthy boats in the hope of finding a better life on the European coasts.

While illegal border crossings into the EU have fallen by 95% since their peak in October 2015, there has recently been an upward trend on some routes across the Mediterranean, said the European Council.

By 6 June, 3,300 migrants and refugees had reached Europe by sea this year. Most of them arrived via Greece, Italy and Spain. The estimated number of deaths was 785.


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